Daily Archive: July 10, 2013

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National

Casey wants Amtrak funding kept intact

STATE SEN. BOB CASEY (Photo by Abdul R. Sulayman/Tribune Chief Photographer) by Damon C. Williams (NNPA)–Using the majestic “Angel” statue depicting the names of railroad workers who sacrificed their lives during WWII as a backdrop, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey restated his support of Amtrak, as funding for the Congress-established railway system is threatened by action from the United States House of Representatives.

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Sports

Overtime: I know this is sports column but Do-Not-Go-See-The-Lone-Ranger!

Johnny Depp, left, as Tonto, a spirit warrior on a personal quest, joins forces in a fight for justice with Armie Hammer, as John Reid, a lawman who has become a masked avenger, The Lone Ranger, in the movie, “The Lone Ranger.” The film opened nationwide on July 3. (AP Photo/Disney/Bruckheimer Films, Peter Mountain, File) by Bill Neal :10 I have never, never, never – ever started off with a movie review, but lord knows this is worth it. For all you real old school cats, I mean Cisco Kid, The Rifleman, Cheyenne and Wyatt Earp old school cats. Do – Not – Go – See – The – Lone – Ranger! It is immediately one of the top ten worst movies of all time. I am talking TERR – I – BLE. Clayton Moore and the real Tonto are not just turning over in their graves, they’re thinking about making a comeback. Trust me. They could do no worse dead or alive. I give it no basketballs . . . matter of fact, I give it minus 5 basketballs!!!

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International

Mandela trial ‘spark that lit flame’ 50 years ago

Denis Goldberg, left, and Ahmed Kathadra, friends and prisoners with former South African President Nelson Mandela, attends an event of the 50th anniversary of the raid against him and other former African National Congress leaders at the Liliesleaf Farm in the outskirts of Johannesburg, South Africa, Monday, July 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) by Jason StraziusoAssociated Press Writer JOHANNESBURG (AP) – Three silver-haired men sat together and recalled a court case 50 years ago that rocketed their friend and fellow freedom fighter to fame. To one man in the group that friend is simply “Nel.”

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Metro

Pa. law banning gay marriage to face challenge

American Civil Liberties Union lawyer Witold J. Walczak speaks alongside many of the 23 men, women and children who are plaintiffs in a lawsuit seeking to overturn a state law effectively banning same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania, during a Capitol news conference, Tuesday, July 9, in Harrisburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Marc Levy) by Marc Levy Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Civil rights lawyers filed the first known legal challenge Tuesday on behalf of 23 men, women and children seeking to overturn a 17-year-old state law effectively banning same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania, the only northeastern state that doesn’t allow it or civil unions.

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Business

Death of the phone: Telcos abandon copper phone lines

Robert Post, left, and his wife, Jane Post, center, talk to neighbor Gail Kender inside their home, in Mantoloking, N.J., which was flooded during Superstorm Sandy last year. Robert Post, 85, has a pacemaker that needs to be checked once a month by phone, but the phone company refuses to restore the area’s landlines after they were damaged by the storm. Verizon doesn’t want to replace washed-away lines and waterlogged underground cables because phone lines are outdated, it says. Meanwhile, the company is offering a wireless device that can be plugged into home phones for service, but the system does not work with pacemakers or fax machines. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) by Peter SvenssonAP Technology Writer MANTOLOKING, N.J. (AP) — Robert Post misses his phone line. Post, 85, has a pacemaker that needs to be checked once a month by phone. But the copper wiring that once connected his home to the rest of the world is gone, and the phone company refuses to restore it.

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Sports

Cloudy Day…Pirates drop another heartbreaker to Athletics 2-1

Clouds hang over PNC Park during a rain delay before a baseball game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Oakland Athletics in Pittsburgh Tuesday, July 9, 2013. The Athletics won 2-1. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) by Will Graves AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) – Dan Straily pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning, Brandon Moss hit a two-run homer and the Oakland Athletics beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 on Tuesday night. Straily (6-2) struck out seven and walked three in 6 1-3 innings for his second straight strong outing. Grant Balfour worked the ninth to remain perfect in 24 save chances this season. The A’s have won 10 of 13. Gerrit Cole (4-2) lost his second consecutive decision despite working seven innings for the first time in his four-week major league career. Cole allowed five hits, struck out four and walked two.

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National

Women in Ohio kidnap case thank public for support

This image from the video provided by Hennes Paynter Communications Gina DeJesus in the YouTube video posted late Monday night July 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Hennes Paynter Communications) by Thomas J. Sheeran Associated Press Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Stylish and smiling, three women allegedly held captive in a Cleveland home for a decade offered thanks on YouTube for emotional and financial backing they’ve received since going “through hell and back.”

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National

Defense seeks to introduce Trayvon Martin’s texts

The parents of Trayvon Martin, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, arrive at the trial for George Zimmerman in Seminole Circuit Court, in Sanford, Fla., Tuesday, July 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool) by Kyle Hightower and Mike SchneiderAssociated Press Writer SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Defense attorneys asked a Florida judge on Tuesday to introduce Trayvon Martin’s text messages and a Facebook posting dealing with fighting as evidence at George Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial.